Monday, September 29, 2014

Lindsay Lohan: Fully Loaded just Pubbed; First Lohan Bio

                                                                                    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
                                                                                   CONTACT: Alyssa Tognetti
                                                                                   Astonish Media Group

“Lohan: Fully Loaded: From Disney to Disaster: An Unauthorized Biography” 
                                            Released by Riverdale Avenue Books

- New York Times Best-selling Author Marc Shapiro Writes the First Book Chronicling Lindsay Lohan’s Adult Life -

Riverdale, NY- September 24, 2014 – The innovative hybrid publisher, Riverdale Avenue Book just published the first biography of Lindsay Lohan as an adult recounting her bizarre free-fall from Disney princess to America’s favorite train wreck. Lindsay Lohan: Fully Loaded: From Disney to Disaster: An Unauthorized Biography is an update on the classic Hollywood tale of talent and promise cut short by well-chronicled alcohol, drugs, promiscuity, a dysfunctional childhood, emotional issues and the willingness of a shark-like media to attack at every turn.

As told by New York Times best-selling author Marc Shapiro, Lindsay Lohan: Fully Loaded: From Disney to Disaster tells the story of a child brought up in the midst of a dysfunctional and often violent and substance-abusing family. Lindsay’s talent ultimately brought her to Hollywood where hit movies and growing celebrity had the entertainment world pegging her as the next IT girl. What followed was a steady decline as Lindsay’s inability to cope with real world realities and the fantasy of ‘Tinsel Town’ manifested itself in countless stints in rehab and run-ins with the law as she slowly, but surely, burned every emotional and professional bridge on an odyssey that currently has her making a literal last stand in London.

"Writing this book was an emotional rollercoaster. One moment I was pulling for Lindsay to fight off her demons so I could write a happy ending. The next I was totally ticked off at the forces that were letting Lindsay slide through life. To be honest, I was pulling for Lindsay to face harsh reality and maybe a stint behind bars,” said author Marc Shapiro. “Lindsay continues to skate at the largesse of enablers, dysfunctional parents and a legal system that continues to let her slide. Consequently, this is a work in progress with no end in sight.”

“Lindsay Lohan’s fall fascinates us because we all watched her grow up from The Parent Trap and her Disney films to Mean Girls, and we’ve been somewhat stunned by her decade long free-fall. We are fascinated by her life because we all want to see her overcome the odds and prove the pundits wrong, but at the same time we shake our heads and say, 'we saw it coming.’ Lindsay Lohan is the favorite train wreck of her generation and yet, we are all still rooting for her,” said Publisher Lori Perkins. “Lindsay Lohan: Fully Loaded is a page-turner even though we know what happens on every page.”

The book is available in ebook format for $9.99 and in print with photos is $16.99.

About Marc Shapiro
Marc Shapiro is the New York Times bestselling author of We Love Jenni - An Unauthorized Biography, The Secret Life of EL James, Who is Katie Holmes? - An Unauthorized Biography, Legally Bieber: Justin Bieber at 18, J.K. Rowling: The Wizard Behind Harry Potter, Justin Bieber: The Fever!, Game: The Resurrection of Tim Tebow and many other bestselling celebrity biographies. He is a freelance entertainment journalist covering film, television, and music for a number of national and international newspapers and magazines.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Falling in Love with the Passport to a Fling Series

Sometimes you just want to curl up with a really good love story.

I was lucky enough to do that this holiday weekend, although I didn't know that was going to be on the agenda.

I had met Adam Carpenter a few years ago and encouraged him to start writing "smut," and he complied, selling his first erotic short story to me when I was the Editorial Director of Ravenous Romance in the Men in Shorts anthology I edited there.  From there, he went on to write a few short stories,  and then the Desperate Husbands series (which I still love).  But, as you all know, I left RR to start Riverdale Avenue Books, and I left a few of Adam's books there as well.

Passport to a Fling started as a short story about three gay friends who have been looking for nookie in all the wrong NY neighborhoods and challenge themselves to find love in Paris, Rome and London, respectively.   French Men, Italian Guys and English Lads were published under different titles, after my tenure as editor.

But I reconnected with Adam when I learned that he had sold some books to Ellora's Cave and he told me that he had gotten the rights to this earlier series back.  I jumped at the chance to publish them, especially over the long Labor  Day weekend when I was hoping that my readers could devour them like the delicious book man candy they are.

So I sat down to edit them fairly rapidly, and just fell in love with Matt, Freddie and Jake.  The settings were romantic and the situations were exciting.  I was honestly disappointed when the series ended, so I asked Adam to write us a Christmas story, which he will do (mark your calendar).

I hope you'll enjoy these hot m/m erotic romances as much as I did.  Or as much as one of my other favorite erotic romance writers, Ryan Field, did:

I love all of Adam Carpenter's work because there's a special quality that draws me into his stories with characters I can relate to on one level and fantasize about on another. [Passport] to a Fling, and the series, always takes me to places that I think we all dream about from time to time. And following the lives of these unforgettable characters is about as good and authentic as it gets nowadays.